Tbilisi, Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue N36

Tbilisi, Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue N36

European modern-style architecture spread across Georgia in the early 20th century. This new European style inspired the Georgian people to pursue political freedom and to keep the pace with European countries. One of greatest examples of such style is the residential house on 36 Davit Aghmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi. It was owned by Erasti Chavchanidze, the second guild merchant.

History of the Building

Erasti Chavchanidze had this house built in 1903. It was a commercial apartment building -  the owner resided on the third floor together with his family, and rented the other rooms to tenants and some first-floor rooms to storekeepers. 

The Architecture of the Building

The street-facing façade is adorned with plant décor and metal balconies, typical of the modern style, whereas, the walls on the side of the yard are fully covered by wood. This successful synthesis of European and traditional architecture serves as a distinctive feature of the Georgian modern style.  

The entrance of the house is fully painted - you'll see the copies of two illustrations by Mihaly Zichy for “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” on the walls. 

The Building Today

The communist regime left the big Chavchanidze family only two rooms on the third floor, where Ms. Tamar Chavchanidze, granddaughter of Erasti, still lives.    


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